Last week we wrote about Kibbutz Kramim, a cooperative in the Negev that is currently working on building a multicultural model of environmental sustainability in the form of an eco village.
And this week we’d like to introduce you to Elias Messinas, the green architect behind the operation.
Messinas’ firm is the strategic environmental consultant to the Kramim Eco Village project, which will begin construction during the summer of 2009 and include LEED Platinum certification or compatibility, follow the European Directive for Energy Performance of Buildings, Israeli ‘Green’ Standard IS 5281, and the principle of “One Israel Living.”
The materials used for construction will be local, with an emphasis on low-energy and low-emission materials found in the area such as earth (to make adobe bricks) and straw bale.
In addition to Kramim, though, Messinas works on a variety of architectural projects in Israel, Greece, Cyprus, and the USA. His other projects in Israel include the Mei Mabuah Ecological Center (in the Negev).
In the words of Messinas’ own full service architectural and consulting firm:
“We care for the environment and we integrate this care into our practice, both in our designs and in the way we run our firm.
“We also invest time and energy in our community raising environmental issues, and we help other architects become environmentally conscious in their designs and practice.
“We care for our work, for our clients, and for the environment.”
Messinas’ environmental architecture specialties are ecological building and passive solar architecture. We hope to see many more of his projects in the future.
Read more about green architecture in Israel::
Open Green Houses: Eco-Architecture Tours in Tel Aviv
Plantware’s Eco-Architecture To “Grow Your Own” Homes
Building Green: Jerusalem’s First Sustainable Housing Development